Archives for 2009

Energy Beef Stick

Power Hungry Foods (PHF) introduces Lightning Rods Energy Beef Stick, the only energy-enhanced product that uses meat protein as the delivery system. This new alternative to energy drinks and bars uses the synergy of Guarana, charged full of natural caffeine; and ginseng to assist the body in restoring itself to health and for its beneficial

5-Hour Energy Introduces Grape Flavor

Sitting atop the growing liquid energy shot category by a substantial margin, 5-Hour Energy seeks to continue its category dominance with the introduction of its newest flavor, Grape, in late September. Founded in 2004, 5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot that provides hours of energy with no crash or jitters through a blend of

Johnsonville Sausage Minis, Big Flavor In Fewer Bites

These days, having “mini” on the menu means BIG business. To help operators leverage the increasing “less is more” demands of customers in the most flavorful way, Johnsonville Sausage LLC has introduced new Sausage Minis in two marketplace-driven varieties. Mini Stadium Style Brats offer the uniquely seasoned brats customers crave. Mini Italian Sausages feature a

New Clove Cigars

Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer of Djarum brand tobacco products, has introduced new Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, available in four styles–Classic Black, Vanilla Black, Cherry Black and Special Box. Three of the styles will carry the popular Black brand name with its distinctive red triangle and black package. Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars are packaged in

TOP® Superoll™ Tobacco

With tobacco prices on the rise, TOP Tobacco is providing smokers relief with the introduction of TOP Superoll Tobacco, specially blended and crafted to provide more cigarettes for the price than other pouch or canned tobaccos. Top Superoll tobacco will initially be available in three styles: Full Flavor, Menthol and Light. Breaking from TOP’s conventional

Red Bull Energy Shots

Beginning this June, Red Bull will expand its energy options in the U.S. with Red Bull Energy Shot and Red Bull Sugar-free Shot. Red Bull’s entry into the shot category will grow its consumer base by introducing a premium shot from a trusted brand. Red Bull Energy Shot will engage new consumers, create new consumption

Variety Spicing Up Salty Snacks

In the midst of the recession, more consumers are opting for at-home entertainment, which is good news for the salty snacks category. This trend may account for a jump in sales of chips and popcorn, the quintessential counterparts for an at-home movie.  Last year, salty snack sales totaled $4,962 with a profit of $1,867, a

Names to Remember

August is always one of my favorite issues of the year. It’s the month we get to profile convenience store “Chains to Watch” for the next 12 months. This year we’ve focused in on two outstanding chains, Stripes, a division of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas, and EZ Energy, a rapidly growing operator based

On Location with CSD

It isn’t often one finds a c-store with a hanging chandelier and a fireplace in the office, but Dave Carney’s Hillside Chevron Station in Torrance, Calif., is anything but conventional. This April, the store began a major renovation, transforming what was a traditional c-store into a site with charming old-world Santa Barbara style; a Spanish

A Higher Calling

Pastor Tom Atchison’s work with those down on their luck has led him to many places, but never did he think he would find his calling at a Texaco car wash and convenience store. As Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Tampa, Fla., Atchison also runs a program called New Beginnings, which provides transitional

Changing its Stripes

Susser Holdings Corp. at a glance A dynamic marketer Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings is the largest non-refiner, convenience store operator in Texas, with additional stores in Oklahoma and New Mexico. It operates 516 convenience stores through its Stripes LLC division and is the 19th largest c-store chain in the U.S. Convenience Store

Acquisitions Fuel EZ Energy’s Growth

EZ Energy USA At a Glance Headquarters: Mansfield, Ohio Stores: 92 (68 company-operated and 24 dealer-operated sites) Total Estimated Sales: $480 million Markets of Operation: northeast and central Ohio, Pittsburgh Retail Brands: ampm, Easy Trip Fuel Brands: BP, Marathon Fuel Volume: 160 million gallons annually While many marketers are struggling to ride out this economic

Turning a Foodservice Profit

With many c-stores moving into foodservice to compensate for lagging cigarette and gasoline sales, the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. According to industry retailers, among the emerging trends worth noting is the growing popularity of breakfast sausages for the morning daypart, while spicy and ethnic flavors continue to attract

Pizza Popularity Drives Food Sales

Some version of pizza has been around ever since a working man in Ancient Greece discovered that a flat round bread (plankuntos) embellished with assorted toppings made a hearty, thrifty and convenient dining experience. Little did that anonymous cook suspect that his humble meal would one day launch a major industry. According to Blumenfeld and

Frozen Sales Heating Up

Since its invention about half a century ago, the frozen dispensed beverage has become a convenience store tradition, with three out of every four U.S. convenience outlets housing a frozen beverage bar. While frozen dispensed beverages are not a huge portion of the typical store’s overall sales, the product is profitable, thanks to a gross

Cigars Enhance Flavor Profile

The SCHIP tobacco tax rates that hit on April 1 are costing cigar smokers more, but sales continue to persevere. As of April, the federal taxes on large cigars rose from 20.719% of the wholesale price with a tax cap of 4.875 cents per cigar to 52.75% of the wholesale price with a tax cap

Getting More From Your POS

New electronic point-of-sale (POS) solutions are rolling out constantly, pushing retailers to make wise decisions based on their needs. Moreover, with PCI compliance nearing, finding the right solution can be more difficult. POS system owners typically use only a small fraction of the system’s capabilities, noted IBM global products executive Ralph Jacobson. “We did a

Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

Because major shifts in the economy have created unparalleled effects on the labor market, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics Inc. collaborated on our first ever human resources study in order to help convenience store owners understand the actions those in our industry are taking–or planning to take–in the coming months. An in-depth survey asked more

Turkey Hill Supports its Hometown Heroes

While the recession rages on at home and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, far too many people have forgotten the work our brave men and women are doing overseas. So, Turkey Hill rallied its own troops to send them a message: You are not forgotten. Last month, the Pennsylvania-based operator of Turkey

Summer Fuel Outlook

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Understanding the market movements for energy commodities in 2009 has become complicated. The old way of looking at the market through the lens of supply and demand seems to hold less relevance. Now, broad-based economic indicators are overruling an inventory buildup or a slump in demand.

Undercounter Freezers & Refrigerators

Hoshizaki’s Tempguard Undercounter Refrigerators and Freezers, models HWF40/68A and HWR40/68/96A, feature an Evercheck control system, which monitors temperature levels and operating conditions. They offer a signature stainless-steel interior and exterior top, front, sides and bottom, and a galvanized steel back for long life.  The stainless-steel top includes a four-inch backsplash. The cabinet and doors are

New Heat-and-Eat Sandwiches

To meet demands of today’s busy consumer seeking convenient, flavorful and affordable breakfast and snack solutions, Johnsonville Sausage LLC, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., introduces hand-held sandwiches featuring the company’s famous link sausage enrobed in a soft, warm roll. The five-ounce sandwiches—which debuted at the 2009 Research Chef Association Conference in Dallas and Pizza Expo in Las

Organic Juices

When stocking the grab-and-go case, retailers now can satisfy health- and planet-conscious guests with R.W. Knudsen Family’s new line of 8-ounce single-serving organic juices. The line includes six organic flavors— Orange, Cranberry, Concord Grape, Pomegranate, Apple and Very Veggie. Supplying organic products is a simple, eco-friendly initiative for c-store operators to adopt. R.W. Knudsen Family

Elvis Is In The Building

Djeep is adding to its popular line of disposable lighters with the roll out the new Elvis series designs. The line follows the Marilyn Monroe Collectors’ Series featuring photos from the collection of famous photographer Milton Greene and the reintroduction of its Cats Eyes series. The new Elvis Presley Collection features four classic photo designs,

Control Blood Sugar

Generex introduced Glucose RapidSpray, a dietary glucose spray for those that desire or require additional glucose in their diets. The spray helps control blood sugar levels in both humans and pets. Clinically tested, the instant spray is convenient, has a great taste and is fat free. It is available in orange and raspberry flavors. Generex(800)

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